Publication date: 
Jun 2017
The Salang Pass, a key mountain pass connecting northern Afghanistan with Kabul and the country's southern provinces.

This Accord spotlight summarises discussions from a workshop to explore priorities for peace in Afghanistan. It looks at six key themes; peacemaking in perspective, terminology, inclusion, understanding divisions, re-centring the regional stage and processing peace.

Linking all the themes is the recurring concern that contextual understanding should be central to designing an appropriate peace architecture for Afghanistan. As one workshop participant emphasised, ‘Afghanistan is currently experiencing not just one war, but many: any attempt to promote peace will need to recognise and address these wars as discrete but interconnected components of a
conflict system’.

The report is written by Anna Larson, Issue Editor of the forthcoming Accord Afghanistan publication and Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London

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